BCP 107

RFC 4107

Guidelines for Cryptographic Key Management, June 2005

Canonical URL:
https://www.rfc-editor.org/bcp/bcp107.txt
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Status:
BEST CURRENT PRACTICE
Authors:
S. Bellovin
R. Housley
Stream:
IETF
Source:
NON WORKING GROUP

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Abstract

The question often arises of whether a given security system requires some form of automated key management, or whether manual keying is sufficient. This memo provides guidelines for making such decisions. When symmetric cryptographic mechanisms are used in a protocol, the presumption is that automated key management is generally but not always needed. If manual keying is proposed, the burden of proving that automated key management is not required falls to the proposer. This document specifies an Internet Best Current Practices for the Internet Community, and requests discussion and suggestions for improvements.


For the definition of Status, see RFC 2026.

For the definition of Stream, see RFC 4844.


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